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Skipper Learns A Lesson


Published 1952


In a departure from Sid Davis' traditional "kids in peril" scenarios, this film introduces us to Skipper - a bigoted dog who doesnt like the "funny looking' diverse neighborhood kids that his owner is playing with. Skipper also has problems with the neighborhood dogs, but learns his lesson when he accidentally gets covered in poster paint. Even though this film is awkward and the message is forced, it is one of the first made for young children that addresses the problems of racial intolerance.


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Production Company Sid Davis Productions
Audio/Visual sound, color
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Reviews

Reviewer: ksfkay - - April 10, 2008
Subject: TEETH!
Family guy kinda funny. There is an intro two the kids. The whites kids had normal names like Betty and Mike. The black kid with the big lips and gums is known as TEETH!
Reviewer: oldfilmaddik - - October 14, 2006
Subject: Filming methods - gets only a "4"
It's a pity they hadn't yet discovered the trick of a wad of peanut butter on the roofs of those dogs mouths which would have made the parts of the film, where the dogs were talking, more believable. It worked for Disney and Mr Ed.
Reviewer: Spuzz - - January 7, 2006
Subject: DonÂt forget..Dogs are color blind too!
A very curious effort that goes way overboard to get itÂs point across. Essentially, itÂs Skipper and his pals teaching us about racism!! You see, while SkipperÂs master goes to play with her friends, who are, of course, of many colors, Skipper wonÂt have any of it! He spurns the friendship of the Dalmatian, German Shepherd and unknown breed of dog because of their looks size and color! No, I am not making this up.This is about as farfetched a concept as Munchers was. Soon, in an accident Skipper gets covered in wallpaper paste, and now itÂs the others dogs who spurn him!
Reviewer: martini66 - - March 5, 2005
Subject: Little Rascals meet Lassie
Wow, remember when kids used to just "play" in
the dirt, or in an empty lot? Now they are chauffered to dance classes or soccer practice. I liked it better the other way.
It takes a film like this to make you realize just how much things have changed. Unless you're from mars, i don't think many kids today have cultural diversity problems.
As for the dog, who cares?
Reviewer: dynayellow - - November 3, 2004
Subject: The Dog Who Didn't Trust Minorities
Simplistic short about judging people by appearances, made for small children. Nice, except that when Skipper gets the "poster paint" spilled on it, it has no color. His fur just looked matted. Really, this short could be titled "Skipper Gets a Bad Perm."

And is my screen off, or were two the kids that Skipper didn't like white?
Reviewer: ScotisRule - - October 24, 2004
Subject: Title Contains Spoilers
Skipper is the raggiest looking dogs in the history of the motion picture, but this doesn't stop from adopting a ridiculously judgemental attitude toward the other kids and dogs in the neighborhood.

In the end, Skipper learns a valuable lesson about racism. At least until the next episode where Edith invites Sammy Davis Junior to eat dinner at Skipper's house and Skipper puts intense efforts towards not mentioning Sammy's glass eye.
Reviewer: martijn.konijn - - September 18, 2004
Subject: Dogs and Political Correctness
Should be soporific, such an attempt to educate dogs and their owners. But i do fancy this dogs behavior ("Skipper just sat ... and sat ... and sat"). Worthwile watching, after all.
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